The Knicks season -- their best in nearly 15 years -- is over. The Knicks lost 106-99 to the Indiana Pacers tonight, ending their season with a 4-2 series loss. Perhaps in a just world, people would spend the whole offseason talking about coach Mike Woodson. But you get a sense they won't be. You get a sense they'll be talking about Carmelo Anthony. They're always talking about Carmelo Anthony.
Man of many talents James Franco has created a very special piece of advertising for his forthcoming Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen–directed "apocalyptic comedy" This Is the End. Photographer Clare Thigpen sent Gawker some shots of Franco (and a couple assistants) painting a mural of co-stars Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and himself on a wall near Bedford Avenue and Grand Street in Williamsburg on Saturday. According to Gawker, the piece is supposed to be "a tribute to all his good friends, and all the fun they had while making their new film." In contrast to the spirit of the project, Franco looks a pretty bored (or at least more interested in his phone) in the pictures, probably because promoting a movie is way less fun than making one. Either way, we expect that it will be thoroughly defaced by the end of the weekend, as Williamsburg is populated almost entirely by people who resent James Franco.
"I said, ‘Wow! That’s amazing! All these people gonna be eatin’ me. Oh that’s so hot! A hot dog with mustard and relish! That’s better than Anthony Weiner!' "— Jimmy McMillan, the mayoral candidate running on The Rent is Too Damn High ticket, on his endorsement by Papaya King, which has named a hot dog after him and offered use of its St. Marks Place store as an unofficial campaign headquarters.
If you were a veteran columnist for a well-known weekly paper, and increasingly the only reason people picked up a copy of that paper, and that paper laid you off after twenty years, you might be tempted to say some negative things about that paper. But Michael Musto refrained from doing so in his Facebook farewell to The Village Voice, which unceremoniously canned him this week. In fact, the only mention he makes of the publication by name is a glowing one.
Just when it seemed like North Korea on a break from saber rattling, the reclusive nation spent Saturday shooting short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast. The launches — two in the morning and one in the afternoon — didn't pose a threat to any of the North's neighbors, and analysts told various news outlets their purpose was to remind everybody that the North had an arsenal of working missiles, apparently in response to joint American and South Korean naval exercises earlier this week.
There were no injuries when a U.S. Airways turboprop plane carrying 31 people had to make an emergency landing on a Newark runway at 1 a.m. on Saturday, but it sure sounds like it was scary! From the New York Post: "[The flight] was arriving from Philadelphia about 1 a.m. when pilot Ed Powers noticed one of the landing gears was not down, Port Authority sources said. Powers raised the other gear and landed the plane on its belly with sparks flying." The passengers didn't even lose their luggage, which is good because a few probably needed a change of underwear.
New York City has capped off a month of hate crimes — which included the vandalizing of Jewish families' homes on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Columbia University football player grabbing an Asian student and using ethnic slurs against him, and the beatings of two gay couples in midtown — with an incident even more terrible than the ones that preceded it. An as-yet unidentified 32-year-old man was shot to death in Greenwich Village on Friday night by a suspect who "made anti-gay remarks" before pulling the trigger.
Sexual harasser and former Brooklyn Democratic Party head Vito Lopez vowed on Friday to remain in the New York State Assembly until the June 20 end of the current legislative session, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's urging him resign over his long history of icky behavior. (Silver was planning on introducing a resolution to expel him.) But Lopez has now told the New York Post that he intends to step down at the beginning of next week. "Everything will end Monday," declared the soon-to-be former assemblyman, citing "the sake" of his family, close friends, and his health as reasons for leaving.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker made $1.3 million in speaking fees since 2009, paid $476,156 in taxes, gave $619,253 to charity, and kept $232,000 for himself, which seems fairly modest for a guy who spends so much of his time in the spotlight (until recently, that is.) But, as the New York Times reminds us, he claims he gives most of the extra cash away. "In March, he told [the paper] that he had earned just over $1 million in the seven years since he took office, and kept 'very little, if any' of the money." It just depends on your definition of "very little."
Federal investigators are looking into what made a New Haven-bound Metro-North train jump the tracks near Bridgeport, Connecticut at the height of Friday's rush hour, crashing into a westbound train and injuring at least 70 people, three of them critically. "I thought there was a bombing," 23-year-old passaenger Natalie Sepulveda told the New York Times. "I smelled smoke and looked outside the window and saw a whole bunch of dust, and I grabbed my son." Fortunately, nobody was killed in the accident, and one of the critical victims has been upgraded to fair condition, CNN reports. However, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters that the damage caused by the accident is "absolutely staggering," with debris covering a 200-yard area around the site. "Ribbons of the sides of cars are torn away like ribbons of cloth," Blumnethal said. "Tons of metal tossed around like toy things. The insides of cars are shattered."
- 1. 20 Things Worth Knowing About Toronto’s Crack-Smoking Mayor, Rob Ford
- 2. Netflix Adultery Afflicts Half of Relationships, Says Netflix
- 3. In Touch’s ‘Kanye Is Gay’ Story Is Awful
- 4. Could Harvey Weinstein Make History With Three Black Best Actor Oscar Candidates?
- 5. Kim Kardashian’s Tortured, Swollen Feet: A Lament
- 6. Gay Man Fatally Shot in Greenwich Village in Alleged Hate Crime
- 7. Take Vulture’s Arrested Development Superfan Quiz
- 8. Cannes Day 3: Marion Cotillard, Eva Longoria, and an Extraordinary Dress Made of Biscuit Trays
- 9. Beyoncé Really Is Pregnant, Says E!